Disturbed by the high incidence of maternal and child mortality, nine countries – Bangladesh, Cote d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Ghana, India, Malawi, Nigeria, Tanzania and Uganda – have committed to halving preventable deaths of pregnant women and newborns in their health facilities within the next five years.
Nigeria has inaugurated the technical and steering committees to drive the process of improving quality healthcare for mothers, newborn and children.
The Minister of State for Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, inaugurated the steering and technical committees in Abuja.
The inauguration of the committees was in direct response for the admission of Nigeria into the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) network on quality healthcare for mothers, newborns and children.
Worried by the rising cases of Vaccine-preventable diseases, African immunisation experts under the aegis of the African Regional Immunisation Technical Advisory Group (RITAG), have called for concrete action to stem the tide of vaccine-preventable diseases in the WHO African Region.
The Taraba government on Friday rounded off the polio outbreak response campaign with five successful rounds of immunisation for under-five children.
Gov. Darius Ishaku, who inaugurated the final round at Lankaviri near Jalingo, expressed satisfaction that the last four rounds of the exercise recorded 100 per cent success in the 168 council wards of the state.
The governor said the campaign was imperative given the nearness of Borno which recorded new cases of wild polio virus recently.
The Chief Executive Officer of Private Sector Health Alliance of Nigeria, Dr. Muntaqa Sadiq, has lamented the high rate of Malaria cases in Nigeria, saying over 100 million malaria cases and about 300,000 deaths were recorded in 2015.
Speaking at the launch of ‘Malaria-to-Zero initiative’, a project that seeks to galvanise private sector resources towards averting 1 million malaria cases by 2020, Sadiq said Nigeria has the highest number of malaria casualties worldwide.
The Federal Ministry of Health has developed a National Operational plan for the Elimination of Mother-to-Child transmission of HIV (2017-2018), aimed at halting the spread of the scourge by 2030.
Dr Deborah Odoh, the Assistant Director, HIV/AIDS Division of the ministry made this known at the National Conference on HIV Prevention in Abuja on Wednesday.
She said the operational plan had incorporated the roles of the private sector and the community in the bid to end the Prevention of Mother-to Child Transmission (PMTCT) of HIV.
Two years after Nigerian militant group Boko Haram attacked his hometown of Gwoza – killing men and burning down houses – Ali Bello feared the worst when he received a panicked message from his wife.
The rickshaw driver – who works in the nearby town of Mubi in northeast Nigeria – raced home to find that their five-year-old son had been rushed to hospital after falling severely ill.
“When they told me the boy had polio, I did not believe it,” Bello told the Thomson Reuters Foundation by phone.
The Reproductive Health/Family Planning Programme Manager, Pathfinder International, Dr. Habeeb Salami, has said Nigeria has a deficit of about 248,572 doctors.
He said this was contrary to the World Health Organisation’s recommendation of one doctor to 600 patients, adding that available record showed that in Nigeria, it is one doctor to 3,500 patients, which suggests that Nigeria currently has about 51,428 doctors.